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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Carolyn’s MRR #380 top ten preview!

November 19th, 2014 by

Carolyn Keddy

Hi. This is Carolyn Keddy, film reviewer, record reviewer, top tenner with some highlights of things I am working on for the next issue — MRR #380, out in early December.

AUSMUTEANTS – Order of Operation LP (Goner) and “Fed Through a Tube”45 (Total Punk)
In the post-EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Australian music scene there seems to be an endless supply of the “next best band out of Australia” coming across the Pacific Ocean. Sure, some of them are good, but there are some that aren’t. Most simply don’t fall into the “Best” category, no matter how many people tell me they do. Then there’s AUSMUTEANTS who just exceed all expectations. It helps that I got to see them live twice. When a band is amazing live it always enhances my record listening experience.

My current favorite song (it will probably change tomorrow) is “1982.” I like when the synths take the lead in AUSMUTEANTS songs. Decipher the lyrics for yourself:

Listen to the entire LP at ausmuteants.bandcamp.com

The Total Punk single:


GINO AND THE GOONS – Shake It! LP (Black Gladiator)
Being a radio DJ my number one problem is that I hook onto one song and I play it over and over until everyone in the universe is sick of hearing it. Then I play it one more time. I justify my obsessiveness because I can only play one song per band per show, so it may as well be the best one, right? That song for me right now is GINO AND THE GOONS “Got the Skinny.” It’s such a catchy garage punk tune, with the great chorus of “Oh well, I’m a-going to hell.” The other songs on this LP are equally worth listening to, but it’s that one that I’m stuck on right now.


MANATEEES – Sit n Spin LP (Pelican Pow Wow)
The front cover of this album is rather unappealing. I don’t even want to think about what is coming out of that mouth. The back cover photo of the “Fuck You” banner hanging behind the band on stage with their hair all drooped over their eyes makes me smile. That is more of the image of MANATEEES that I have when I listen to this album. It’s got a noisy, dark, ominous feel, but with a bit of playfulness and a who-gives-a-fuck attitude. Singer Abe’s vocals remind me of David Nudelman on a few songs, which makes me very happy too.


GHB – Dope EP (Die Slaughterhaus)
With GHB standing for GET HIGH BOYS, the first song being called “Dope,” and the band having a slight bro feel, I am amazed at how much I like this. Four fast songs of bratty punk attitude blasting out of the speakers. I keep turning it up louder and louder. The bands features Mike Koechlin, who seems to also be in/have been in every other Atlanta band.

Here’s a video for a song on their cassette, but not on this EP. I wish it was:


THE SEX RAYS “Midnight Caller/Where’s the Tambourine?” 45 (Piñata)
Usually I predictably play a record A-side first, followed by the B-side. Sometimes I pick up a record and have the desire to play the B-side first. When I saw a song called “Where’s the Tambourine?” I went with that first. It is a nice, groovy ’60s-style garage instrumental. It’s really catchy and just plain fun. “Midnight Caller” starts out in a similar style and although the vocals are pretty good I am wishing it too was an instrumental.


WHITE ASS – LP (Frantic City)
Probably not the best choice of a band name. CUL BLANC might have been subtler for our English speaking ears. I have been enjoying the bands coming out on Frantic City Records for a while now. WHITE ASS is no exception. Their music is a fuzzy blend of ‘60s garage rock with some surfy-ness and some pop stylings. As usual I really like the faster ones like “Fox Around.” WHITE ASS hail from Paris and feature current or ex-members of Teenage Moonlight Borderliners, Viscous Brothers, Crash Normal, Pierre et Bastien, T.I.T.S. and Feeling of Love. With a pedigree like that it’s hard to go wrong.


ANIMALS & MEN “Don’t Misbehave in the New Age/Machines” 45 (Danger)
The reissue of the incredible 1979 debut 7” from English post-punkers ANIMALS & MEN. Two minimalist and cold sounding songs that are so throughly great. Danger does an excellent job with all of their reissues. The sound is excellent and the covers look great.


Because I am The MRR Film Reviewer I have to tell you about a film you need to see. It’s Jean-Luc Godard‘s latest film, Goodbye to Language, which happens to be in 3-D. An arty French film in 3-D is intriguing enough, but as great as it is; the problem is there aren’t many theaters who can or will show this in 3-D. Bay Area people will have to trek up to San Rafael, CA’s Rafael Film Center tout de suite (ends November 20), but it is also playing in Ohio, Indianana, South Carolina, Florida and other states across the US, and in Toronto, Cananda. Get out and see it. 3-D isn’t the same on DVD.


Watch the trailer at goodbyetolanguage3d.com

One year since the KUSF 90.3fm radio shutdown

January 18th, 2012 by

KUSF logo by Gary LaRochelle

January 18, 2012 is one year since the shutdown of San Francisco’s college & community radio station KUSF. At 10 am that morning KUSF’s program director, representatives from the University of San Francisco and armed campus police interrupted DJ Schmeejay while on the air, asked him to leave the studio and turned off the transmitter. It is a horrible silence.

The final five minutes of KUSF

Without knowing what transpired at KUSF, I showed up to do my show at 11:15am (show starts at noon). As I am locking up my bicycle, I am met by fellow DJ and USF student Michelle who can’t even get the words out. USF has sold the station and everyone is getting kicked out. She is followed by Janet and Tresa of the show Love Letters Live who confirm it. Campus police gather in the foyer of USF’s Phelan Hall and I will never enter the station again.

Over the next days, more than a few people would point out to me that no one listens to radio these days. Who  cares? Fortunately these naysayers are a minority. I am reminded of when I was just getting in to punk in 1979, the older kids would tell me that no one listens to that shit any more, punk is dead and all that. I just blew them off because I liked what I was hearing and whether it was dead or not would be determined by me. A similar thing happened in the late ’80s when CDs started to take over. I still buy vinyl to this day. Why should my attitude toward radio’s importance or lack of it be any different? Plus the fact that a corporation would pay $3.75 million dollars for a low-power college radio station makes the situation a bit more intriguing.

As the details of the deal emerge it becomes clearer that a very shady exchange is going on. Media conglomerate Entercom is at the center. As the owner’s of KDFC San Francisco’s classical radio station, they sell that station to a University of Southern California non-profit Classical Public Radio Network. Entercom begins to simulcast KUFX a San Jose classic rock station in San Francisco at KDFC’s 102.1fm. KDFC begins broadcasting on KUSF’s 90.3fm. However KDFC’s programming continues to originate from Entercom’s studios. KUSF’s eclectic programming is silenced. The very thin line between public and corporate interests becomes almost invisible.

90.3 belongs to San Francisco

The former DJs and radio producers under the group Friends of KUSF have petitioned the FCC to deny the sale of 90.3fm. The FCC has begun some unprecedented inquiries into the deal. A year later the sale of KUSF still has not been approved by the FCC. As a comparison it took the FCC almost two years to approve the sale of NBC Universal to Comcast which strangely was approved the day after KUSF was shut down. More importantly USF still has not set up the on-line radio station they promised would be replacing terrestrial KUSF. While waiting for the FCC’s decision, the outed volunteers with the help of New Jersey radio station WFMU have set up KUSF In Exile to continue broadcasting the station’s unique music and cultural programs which include shows in twelve different languages.

To mark the anniversary there is a KUSF Protest at Entercom, 201 3rd St at Howard in SF on Wednesday, January 18 at 10am – the hour the station was shut down.

Got the radio on…

April 24th, 2009 by

ilove_my_label_kusfI’ll tell you right off I am completely biased when it comes to radio. I love it. Ever since I was a kid until today, I listen almost constantly. Right now I am listening to KUSF 90.3 FM in San Francisco which is my station of choice. It is probably because I work there but also it is my home station. Sadly, San Francisco has only one college radio station. Fortunately, Berkeley has one too.

I grew up in Quincy, MA, outside of Boston where college radio is a staple. There were four stations I listened to consistently WMBR, WHRB, WZBC and WERS. The commercial rock stations would recruit their DJs from college radio so their musical knowledge and daring would move with them. As a result the commercial stations at the time were also playing exciting and interesting music. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

When I moved to San Francisco in 1990 I immediately sought out the “good” radio stations. I was living in a shitty hotel in the Tenderloin and had only a small boom box to my name. But I needed music and was so happy when I came across KUSF. It took me three months to finally volunteer at the station. Now I have been a DJ there for 19 years.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a radio DJ. To me it was the ideal job, playing records all day and getting paid for it. I did it at home for free so I was already training for it. Of course, when I got older and familiarized myself with how the radio business works, I realized at most commercial stations the DJs were told what to play. Where’s the fun in that? There is so much great music out there. Why limit yourself? This is why I went to college radio. It’s the freedom.

KUSF is celebrating its 32nd birthday on Saturday night, April 25th at the Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight Street, SF with three fabulous local bands Kelley Stotlz, Ty Segall and I Love My Label. Come out and celebrate the joy of non-commercial radio and music. Or if you aren’t in San Francisco, join us by tuning into your local college or community radio station. Open your windows and turn up the volume. Commercial radio may be dead, but community radio should live forever. Use it or lose it.

(show flier above by Doran Shelley)